Contra Costa NOW 2022 Scholarship Winners

CONTRA COSTA NOW AWARDS SECOND ANNUAL SCHOLARSHIPS FOR ACCOMPLISHED WOMEN OF COLOR

Contra Costa NOW is pleased to announce the winners of their second annual university scholarships.  The scholarships, for $1000 each, were earmarked for two women of color based on their academic and social-activism accomplishments.

Thanks to the generosity of an anonymous NOW member who provided the funds for a second $1000 scholarship, we were able to offer two scholarships.

FNU Tsamchoe, 37, who was born in India of Tibetan refugee parents, will be attending Contra Costa College in Fall 2022.  She is working towards a career in nursing.

Delaney Ruiz, 22, was born in Mexico.  She will be attending Samuel Merritt University and is also planning a career in nursing.   Both scholarship winners endured the hardship of immigrating to a new country, learning a new language, serving their communities, and pursuing academic careers with great success.

According to Contra Costa NOW´s president, Jeanette Cole, “We are so pleased to be able to award our second annual university scholarships to two such deserving women.  We specifically endowed the scholarships for women of color who not only had achieved impressive academic honors, but also demonstrated a strong embrace of social activism for the betterment of their communities.  NOW has a long history of supporting young women and marginalized women, and the board of the Contra Costa  NOW hopes to continue our efforts to provide financial support for women’s education in the future.”

The chapter´s Scholarship Committee received several excellent applications, and hopes to continue the scholarship initiative.

If you wish to make a donation for our 2023 scholarship fund, please click Donate

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Send your check made payable to Contra Costa NOW to:  PO Box 4794, Walnut Creek, CA  94596

 

FNU Tsamchoe

Delaney Ruiz

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Update On Our 2021 Scholarship Winners

After selecting the recipients of our 2022 Contra Costa NOW university scholarships, we decided to check back with our first 2 winners of the 2021 scholarships.  We are pleased to acknowledge that both continue to succeed in their academic initiatives, contribute positively to their respective communities, and progress notably in the pursuit of their career goals.

Sia´h Fanta Jimissa

Sia´h just finished her second year at UC Berkeley and is currently finishing up her application for the Public Health major.  Sia´h´s extracurricular activities include serviing as the K-12 Recruitment Coordinator for the Black Recruitment and Retention Center, a student organization that hosts programs to encourage Black students to pursue and complete college. She was able to create and host programs including a scholarship and a shadow day for Black high school students.  This summer, she is participating in the UCSF Children’s Hospital’s Student Summer Research Program, an especially valuable opportunity for a Public Health major.

Thyra Anastashia Cobbs

Thyra is currently double majoring in African American studies and History, and minoring in African studies at UCLA.   She is in the Honors program, the Academic Achievement Program (AAP), and the Bruin Scholars program for foster youth/students who have been in guardianship. She has also been accepted for the McNair Research Scholars program and is currently researching the effects of Afrocentric psychological interventions on UCLA’s Black population. Next spring quarter, Thyra will be teaching a student-led seminar on Afrocentric Black Psychology through the Honors Program.   She is also engaging in student activism and leadership, having been appointed as the Transfer Coordinator for the African Student Union and will soon be applying to serve as the Campus Director of Mental Health in UCLA’s student government.

Photos for ROE #BansOffOurBodies March at the State Capitol

 

 

 

ROE #BansOffOurBodies March and Rally

Meetup in Martinez & Bus to Sacramento
Action groups from across the East Bay will attend the Bans Off Our Body March & Rally at the California State Capitol Building in Sacramento.  Planned Parenthood Affiliates of California (PPAC) has generously agreed to cover the cost of buses for those who would like to ride together (masks required on board).
Waiver forms will be available and required.

Location: Martinez CourtHouse
725 Court St, Martinez, CA 94553

Time: Meetup at 8:30
Buses Leave at 9:30 Sharp

Agenda
8:30 – Gathering at Martinez Courthouse
8:40  – 9:15 Engaging speakers will rally the crowd
9:15 – move to buses or cars to drive to Sacramento
9:30 – Buses leave (no latecomers)
11:00 – March & Rally in Sacramento
3:00 – Buses leave Sacramento returning to Martinez (no latecomers)
4:00 – Buses arrive in Martinez  (time is approximate)

More details about speakers to follow  –

Sign up here: https://www.eventbrite.com/e/bans-off-our-body-meetup-bus-to-martinez-tickets-335787799347

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Election 2022 Candidate Endorsements

Contra Costa NOW
Election 2022 Endorsements

 

Contra Costa County Board of Supervisors, District 4:  Carlyn Obringer  https://www.carlynobringer.com/

Contra Costa County Assessor:  Floy Andrews  https://www.floyforassessor.com/

Past Controversies Loom In Assessor Race

Past Controversies Loom In Assessor Race
From an Article in the East Bay Times

To view the article click link below

https://enewspaper.eastbaytimes.com/infinity/article_popover_share.aspx?guid=dc002fed-f74e-4cbd-a6e0-a40421459197

NOW Supports National Week of Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

NOW Supports National Week of Action for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women

 

Statement by National NOW President Christian F. Nunes

April 29, 2022

To view the full statement online: Click Here

WASHINGTON, D.C. – – NOW supports the National Week of Action in honor of the thousands of Indigenous women who go missing or are murdered each year. Starting today, we join the National Partners Work Group on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women (MMIW) and the MMIW Family Advisors in declaring that “enough is enough – not one more stolen sister.” …

The Abortion Backup Plan No One Is Talking About

Even in states with the strictest abortion laws, pregnant people have a safe, inexpensive option to terminate their pregnancies. But few know about it.

 
Click link below for full details

This Is What Democracy Looks Like

We are at a transformational shift to a new era of gender equality in the United States, with feminist women holding some of the most consequential levers of power. 

Kamala Harris, a Black woman of South Asian descent, is the first woman vice president; for the first time in U.S. history, President Joe Biden has appointed equal numbers of women (now at 48%) to the Cabinet; and the House of Representatives is led by a feminist woman, Speaker Nancy Pelosi, and feminists chair some of the most powerful committees including Rep. Maxine Waters of the House Financial Services Committee, Rep. Rosa DeLauro of the Appropriations Committee and Rep. Carolyn Maloney of the Oversight and Reform Committee. 

There’s no denying that 2021 is going to be an exciting, impactful and critically important year in the long struggle for gender equality.

We Are Heartbroken

NOW Mourns the Loss of Feminist Icon Ruth Bader Ginsburg

WASHINGTON, D.C. – There aren’t sufficient words to describe the depth of sorrow women are feeling at the passing of Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. We are shattered.  We are broken.  We feel that we have lost more than a dear and admired friend. Our country has lost a feminist champion 

Ruth Bader Ginsburg was not only a historic Supreme Court Justice, but also a political and cultural icon for the ages, and a feminist legend. She fought for and protected women’s rights every single day.  

NOW recognizes all that she contributed to women and girls, to America, to our world, in terms of equality and possibilitiesNOW’s work is an extension of amazing leaders, amazing women, amazing sheroes, like Ruth Bader Ginsburg. That she did her work in the face of sexism throughout her life, and while battling cancer in the last chapters of her life, speaks to the power of showing up, of enduring, of advocating no matter what. 

Justice Ginsburg’s spirit, her soul, and her power, will be with us forever. 

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